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Feminartsy was founded in 2014 by award-winning author, Zoya Patel, with the goal to showcase women’s writing and to tackle gender equality through a creative lens.

After five years, and having published words by hundreds of writers across Australia and internationally, Feminartsy is now being reimagined with a goal to relaunch in 2020 in its new form. If you want to be the first to know about the next phase of Feminartsy, sign up to our e-news!


Where does the name Feminartsy come from? In 2013, Zoya was trolled by some men’s rights activists who accused her of being a ‘feminartsy’, someone they described as ‘…a hip-hop-happening modern gal who eats out a lot. She’s in the seventh year of a three-year Creative Writing degree and really hoping to finish any year now. Her career goals include enjoying totally unreal hobbies and maybe getting a job one day doing something arty – and fun’.

Rather than being offended, Zoya thought this girl sounded kind of cool, and decided to reappropriate the name for a space that celebrates the quirky, arty feminist types rather than denigrating them.


About Zoya

Zoya Patel is an award-winning writer and editor. She is the author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism published by Hachette Australia.

Zoya is the former Editor-in-Chief of Lip Magazine, and founded Feminartsy in 2014. She has worked with national literary organisations including The Wheeler Centre, Express Media, the ACT Writers Centre, the NSW Writers Centre, You Are Here Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, National Young Writers Festival and more.

Zoya has spoken at events across the country, and written for publications including The Guardian, Australian Financial Review, The Canberra Times, ABC Life, SBS Voices, Meanjin, Overland and many more.

She was named ACT Young Woman of the Year in 2015, was the recipient of the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Young Writers Fellowship, and was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize in 2015. You can find out more about Zoya on her website.


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